Creating and maintaining a respectful and welcoming environment for all to live, learn, work and thrive is a priority at the University of Michigan. To that end, a group of professional staff members provide Campus Climate Support and focus on addressing concerns that may create harm to members of the University community based on their identity.
Reports of campus climate concerns by U-M students, faculty and staff are addressed by the Campus Climate Support staff. The Campus Climate Support (CCS) staff is committed to providing support for those who may have been targets of or affected by campus climate concerns. CCS works to ensure that appropriate University resources and expertise are made available to anyone who feels they have been harmed or negatively impacted. Anyone who feels they have been affected by a campus climate concern is encouraged to make a report to CCS, so the University can offer assistance. CCS is not a disciplinary body, cannot impose discipline, and does not require participation in any aspect of CCS’s work. Its purpose is to support students, faculty or staff connect to resources and, over time, to contribute to the maintenance of respect and understanding among members of the University community.
WHAT IS A CAMPUS CLIMATE CONCERN?
A campus climate concern can include actions that discriminate, stereotype, exclude, harasses or harm anyone in our community based on their identity (such as race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or religion).
Concerns may stem from fear, misunderstanding, hatred or stereotypes. Behaviors may be intentional or unintentional.
Campus Climate Support is provided by staff in the Dean of Students Office who are devoted to support community members in obtaining resources and navigating options and next steps. An Ad Hoc group will convene stakeholders when necessary to address arising community considerations related to a report of a campus climate concern.
Campus Climate Support is provided to assist those who feel impacted by campus climate concerns and to promote respect and understanding among members of the University community. CCS is not a disciplinary body. The Office of Student Conflict Resolution is responsible for disciplinary proceedings. CCS may discuss with a student how to file a complaint with OSCR if it appears that a violation of University’s Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities has been alleged, but it is not the role of CCS to investigate or determine whether a reported concern involved a violation of university policy.
HOW TO REPORT A CAMPUS CLIMATE SUPPORT CONCERN
We encourage you to use these resources to report concerns and to encourage others to report if they have been the target of or witness to a campus climate concern.
There are several ways you can report a campus climate concern. The staff members at these offices are trained to be sensitive to student, faculty, staff and community concerns.
Campus Climate Concern Reporting Line: Call 734-615-2427 to report a campus climate concern during normal working hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). If it is after hours, leave a message and a staff member will get back with you by the next business day. Faculty and staff who call the number during normal business hours will be connected to the Office for Institutional Equity; students will be connected to the Dean of Students Office.
Wondering where to report a campus climate concern? View our reporting areas. These offices and resources exist to support students, staff and faculty.
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